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Zimbabwean Women are Remembering Oliver Mtukudzi Through Dhuku4Tuku

Today Zimbabwean women are dressed in black and madhuku to pay tribute to the late Afro-jazz legend.

Two days ago, the world lost one the greatest musicians that Zimbabwe has ever produced - and they've produced some insanely musically gifted individuals over the decades. Oliver Mtukudzi, aged 66, succumbed to a long illness and went on to join his dear friend and fellow jazz legend, Hugh Masekela, who also passed away exactly a year prior to Mtukudzi.


As soon as the news of Mtukudzi's death was confirmed, tributes from many Zimbabweans, Africans and the world alike, began pouring in.

The musician produced over 60 albums over the four decades of his music career. He worked with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Ringo Madlingozi and others. Neria, is perhaps his most internationally well-known record. Not only was Mtukudzi a brilliant musician, he was a philanthropist and activist particularly for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

READ: A Tribute to the Man Whose Music both Raised and Healed Me

Today, Zimbabwean women have, as a collective, decided to honor the man whose music raised them and gave them a perpetual message of hope through #dhuku4tuku. Most of the women are clad in all-black and are donning madhuku, also known as headwraps, and sharing their heartfelt memories on social media of 'Tuku' and the legacy he leaves behind.













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Spotlight: Ethiopian Brand Kunjina Is On a Fashion Metamorphosis

Founder and creative director Kunjina Tesfaye speaks on her namesake brand, and how her personal evolution manifests through the unique garments.

In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists, and more who are producing vibrant, original work.

In our latest piece, we spotlight Ethiopian fashion brand, Kunjina. The Addis Ababa based label focuses on ready-to-wear fashion and empowering woman through their garments and designs. Creator Kunjina Tesfaye established the brand in 2017 in her home country Ethiopia, and has since shared her distinctive designs with the world. Each garment acts as a physical embodiment of Kunjina's life experiences, and the stages we all go through to become closer to ourselves. "When the work comes from a personal place, it portrays a true feeling therefore the output becomes Authentic", the young designer says on the website. Each garment is carefully and intentionally created, as the company prides themselves on their choice to reduce unnecessary waste -- often times what happens with brands focused on trends.

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Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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